Oh So Many Visitors On Christmas Day! – In the Philippines

If one didn’t know any better, you would think it was Halloween all over again… this time though, without the scary costumes. Christmas day in the Philippines is unlike Christmas day in the west, where children will wake up especially early and rush to the Christmas tree where Santa typically leaves their gifts during the […]

Tropical Storm, Malfunctioning Computer, and a Return to…

Christmas Will Not Wait! The anticipation of returning to Samar for Christmas seemed intense the last few days before departing the island of Guam. We had our flight to Manila arranged with Cebu Pacific. Our bus tickets were waiting for us upon arrival. Our nephew purchased them about a week in advance to ensure we […]

A Christmas Season Typhoon (Follow-up)

A “Grinch” named Nona (Melor)! Last week Mother Nature decided to disrupt everyone’s holiday preparations here in the Central Philippines and present us with her own Season’s Greetings message… and a storm that could have easily been named “Grinch.” Just 11 days before Christmas (14 Dec), we watched a storm develop out of a small […]